Liposuction is one of the leading types of cosmetic surgery available. Performed in conjunction with other procedures as a supplement, or on its own to achieve desired outcomes, there are several variations on the general procedure. Dr. Raj guides his patients along each step, from the initial consultation through the procedure and into recovery. Mastopexy, as with any kind of surgery, has risks and complications, so it’s a good idea to ask questions.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is used to remove fat in many regions of the body including the chin, arms, chest, abdomen, hips, back, thighs, calves and to help shape and contour these areas. Liposuction is commonly employed in conjunction with other procedures which enables Dr. Raj to deliver better outcomes from those combined procedures, such as when breast augmentation is supplemented with liposuction of the armpit to create a trimmer profile.
Who is a candidate for Liposuction?
Surgical candidates for liposuction should be in good general and mental health and have a realistic expectation about surgical outcomes. Liposuction is not weight loss surgery. Ideal candidates are at or around their goal weight with good skin elasticity. Liposuction is most useful in treating isolated pockets of excess fat which aren’t corrected by diet and exercise.
Options and Variations
Liposuction is a safe and reliable technique for fat removal. The traditional option is called a suction-assisted or tumescent liposuction, where a vacuum assisted tube is placed under the skin and used to harvest unwanted body fat. Variations on liposuction are mostly modifications on the process giving a greater degree of control or enabling doctors to remove a larger quantity of body fat. Some variants Dr. Raj may recommend for his patients include:
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction
Ultrasound assisted liposuction differs from traditional liposuction. First the wetting solution is injected into the area of fat removal. A special machine connected to an ultrasound assisted cannula transmits heat to the fat and it is used to break up the fat and make it softer so it is easier to remove. Then a cannula connected to a suction machine is used to remove the fat that has been heated and liquefied. This technique is very useful in patients who have had prior liposuction or in areas with very thick and stubborn fat.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
PAL is a special form of liposuction. It is done in a similar manner to SAL (suction assisted liposuction) but the major difference is the cannula can vibrate. These special cannulas use the vibrations to break up fat making it much easier to remove. This technique is more efficient and affords a lower complication rate.
During the initial consultation patients will meet with Dr. Raj and his staff, and a medical history and physical will be conducted to ensure that the patient might safely undergo plastic surgery. Dr. Raj and the patient will then discuss desired outcomes that the patient is trying to achieve with Liposuction and examine whether liposuction is the right option. Dr. Raj may recommend other procedures as necessary to help the patient get their desired results.
Before the procedure
Instructions for pre-surgical care will be provided by Dr. Raj prior to surgery based on the patient’s individual surgical plan. Patients may need pre-operative testing in some cases. Dr. Raj will provide patients with a clear timeline and the information required to plan logistically for surgery and recovery.
The day of the procedure
The procedure is done at an accredited surgery center or at a hospital with the assistance of licensed anesthesiologists. On the day of surgery, Dr. Raj will perform markings to plan the areas of liposuction. The duration of the surgery will depend on how many areas are treated and how much liposuction is to be performed. Dr. Raj ensures that fluid balances are maintained, and safe limits of liposuction are not exceeded. These and other standard precautions help to reduce the risk of complications.
Description of procedure
A commonly performed procedure, Liposuction is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure for patient comfort and safety. During the procedure:
A tiny incision is made in the patient at the extraction site.
A small tube, called a cannula, is inserted into the incision.
The cannula is pushed back and forth through the fat layer breaking up the fat cells.
A vacuum is used to suction the fat through the cannula.
Patients may lose significant fluid during liposuction. They receive IV fluids during and immediately after surgery to prevent shock.
This basic liposuction technique is used in all patients undergoing this procedure. Some popular variations on the procedure are described in a previous section.
After the procedure
During pre-surgical preparation patients are given a detailed rundown and timeline for their recovery, inclusive of instructions or protocols unique to their case. It is normal to have bruising and swelling but these will subside with time. Dr. Raj recommends patients wear a compression garments for 6 weeks after the procedure provide comfort and help reduce these symptoms. Usually patients can return to work in 2 weeks, and it takes approximately 3-6 months to see the final result.
Patients can resume their normal exercise regimen 4 weeks after the procedure once the wounds have sufficiently healed. It is important for patients to apply the es different techniques and modalities to help maintain the results. The key for every patient is maintain their weight by having a consistent diet and exercise regimen so there are no weight fluctuations.
Limitations, Risks, and Possible Complications
All surgical procedures come with a risk of bruising, bleeding, infection, and complications from anesthesia. Additionally Liposuction risks include physical damage to subcutaneous structures and tissue, including nerves and blood vessels. There is a small risk of cardiac and pulmonary complications, and the accumulation of fluid. Irregular healing, scarring, and contours may occur as a result of Liposuction. Each technique may have additional risks, ask your doctor for a complete list of complications and how to avoid them.
Why choose Dr. Raja Mohan?
Choosing a plastic surgeon is challenging and the most important factor is that patients are comfortable with their choice and confident in their surgeon. Some patients will be impressed by Dr. Mohan’s credentials and pedigree as a plastic surgeon while others are comforted by his warm, genial bedside manner. While every patient is different, there is one thing that unites them all when choosing a plastic surgeon – results. Dr. Raja Mojan
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to learn more about whether or not liposuction is for you please call (469) 301-1725 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Raj Mohan, board certified plastic surgeon serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He operates in Arlington, Grapevine, Southlake, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Irving, and Coppell.